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Professor Matt Baillie Smith

Professor of International Development

Department: Social Sciences

Before joining Northumbria University, Matt worked for an international development NGO, and he continues to work with international development organisations in the UK and the global South as part of his research and teaching. Matt has an MPhil in the Sociology and Politics of Development from Cambridge University and PhD in Sociology from Warwick University.

Before joining Northumbria University, Matt worked for an international development NGO, and he continues to work with international development organisations in the UK and the global South as part of his research and teaching. Matt has an MPhil in the Sociology and Politics of Development from Cambridge University and PhD in Sociology from Warwick University.

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Campus Address

Lipman Building 202
City Campus
Newcastle
NE1 8ST

0191 227 4970

Qualifications

PhD Sociology, Warwick University 1999

MPhil Sociology and Politics of Development, Cambridge University 1994

BA (Hons) Politics, Warwick University 1993

Research Interests

Matt's research interests are centred on international development, citizenship and civil society, with particular interests in volunteering and development, development education and NGOs in the Global North and South. He also has interests in qualitative research methodologies in development and in processes of co-production between scholars and practitioners.

Current work includes research on the experiences of volunteers in conflict settings in Afghanistan, Honduras, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Ukraine (the ViCE Initiative in partnership with the Swedish Red Cross), research on the ways processes of global change (e.g. migration and mobility; volunteer remuneration; conflict) are shaping the meanings and management of volunteering in global South and North (the IFRC Global Review (2015)), research on the experiences of international volunteers from and between aid receiving countries (with VSO) and research on medical volunteering (in partnership with Professor Nina Laurie (St Andrews)). Recently completed research includes work on intermediate NGO activists in South India (with Dr Katy Jenkins) and on the lived experiences of development education activists in 15 countries (in partnership with Amy Skinner).

Professional Activity

  • ESRC peer review college member
  • Member of Developing Areas Research Group Committee, RGS/IBG
  • Advisory Council Member, Think Global
  • Co-convenor, Working Group of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) on 'Global Learning meets Development'

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Swedish Red Cross
  • Voluntary Service Overseas
  • CAFOD

Key Publications

Baillie Smith M. and Jenkins, K. (In press) ‘Civil society activists and vulnerability in South India: the relational politics of life history methods and development research’, Social and Cultural Geography.

Skinner, A., Baillie Smith M., Brown, E. and Troll, T. (2016) (eds.) Education, Learning and the Transformation of Development. London: Routledge.

Baillie Smith M. (2016) ‘Global citizenship and development: from benevolence to global justice?’ In Grugel, J. and Hammett, D. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of International Development. London: Palgrave.

Hopkins, P., Olson, E., Baillie Smith M. and Laurie, N. (2015) 'Transitions to religious adulthood: relational geographies of youth, religion and international volunteering'. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 40 (3), pp. 387-398.

Baillie Smith M. (2013) 'Public imaginaries of development and complex subjectivities: the challenge for development studies', Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 34 (3), pp. 400-415.

Baillie Smith, M., Laurie, N., Hopkins P. and Olsen, E. (2013) 'International volunteering, faith and subjectivity: negotiating cosmopolitanism, citizenship and development', Geoforum, 45, pp. 126 -135.


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